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N.D. Dept. of Health educates parents about booster seats

BISMARCK During Child Passenger Safety Month in February, North Dakota elementary school children and their parents will be receiving life-saving information about child passenger safety best practices through their local law enforcement and public health agencies. The students will also be receiving information about the “Ready? Safe? Go!” campaign. This campaign teaches children to ask themselves if they are traveling in the safest way possible buckled up correctly in the back seat.

“One thing that we want to emphasize is the length of time a child needs to ride in a booster seat,” said Dawn Mayer with the North Dakota Department of Health’s Child Passenger Safety Program. “We see a lot of children prematurely using seat belts. We often get questions from parents about the use of booster seats and when to transition between car seats, booster seats and seat belts. Because of that, we’ve put together the top 10 tips for boosters.”

For more information about Child Passenger Safety Month, contact Mayer at 328-4536.

– Jill Hambek

Tobacco Free North Dakota names new exec director

BISMARCK – Tobacco Free North Dakota announced last week that Erin Hill-Oban has been hired as its new executive director, according to a press release.

“We welcome Erin as the new executive director of Tobacco Free North Dakota. Her experience and drive are well-suited for ongoing efforts with our partners concerning tobacco prevention and control in our state,” said Dr. Eric Johnson, president of the Tobacco Free North Dakota board.

Hill-Oban, a Ray native, is a lifelong North Dakotan who brings a wide-range of experiences to the job. She has spent years as a middle-school educator, served the public for former Rep. Earl Pomeroy, returned to the University of Mary, her alma mater, as their director of alumni, and worked for the past year on former State Sen. Ryan Taylor’s campaign for governor.

“I am honored to have received this opportunity and the responsibilities to North Dakotans that come with it,” said Hill-Oban. “The progress made by Tobacco Free North Dakota and its partners, backed by the support of the people of North Dakota, can be felt in every county and community in this state, and I look forward to continuing the positive work of this organization.”

– Jill Hambek